18-2025 – Franco Rampi – On the Wheel!

April 27 – May 24 2025

One month on the wheel plus glazing.

For all!

18-2025 – Franco Rampi  – On the Wheel!


On the wheel is an intensive course that offers an opportunity for further development in throwing and finishing techniques. Firstly, the continued studio time of one month, secondly, the specific exercises, and furthermore the effectiveness of the demonstrations and the focussed critique will open a perspective for substantial progress.

Techniques taught in Throwing on the Wheel

Throughout the programme there will be demonstrations on the wheel of different forms including bowls, cups, plates, vases, teapots, pitchers, boxes and lidded forms. We will talk about timing! Considering when to add spouts and handles, when to trim and when to alter.  Demonstrations with decoration will include modelling and clay additions to the form, fluting, facetting and carving, application of slip and various slip processes, application of glaze and various glaze processes. We will use a stoneware clay to make pottery forms both for functional and decorative uses and the students will quickly see the wide range of possibilities provided throughout the course.

Teaching method

Teaching is based on demonstrations and much individual attention. A programme of technical and visual talks will complete the demos and the practical work. Students will receive handouts that sum up the technical information about clay, materials and glazes plus video clips for individual repetition of all techniques shown. Throughout the course, there will be aesthetic considerations that will help participants to make choices. There will be the participation of Pietro Maddalena, to further enrich the depth of discussion about aesthetics and techniques.


This intensive course is open to all levels but some previous experience with clay may be an advantage. On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. At booking, you may select your preferred room type, choosing between standard lodging, single room and/or upgraded accommodation. Please note that depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered

The Artist and instructor of Throwing on the Wheel

Franco Rampi started working as a potter in 1978. After an apprenticeship in England and a cycle of studies in Italy he opened his own studio in Tuscany where he produces both functional objects in small series and one off pieces. He works mainly in stoneware, whilst continuing his research on clays, slips and forms. He has taught workshops on throwing and glazing for many years, collaborating with La Meridiana since 2010. www.francorampi.it



Franco Rampi


April 27 – May 24 2025

Length of course

Quattro settimane




For all levels

Workshop fee (without lodging)

€ 4300

Deposit for booking

€ 1500

Workshop fee and lodging

The costs listed include both: the workshop fee and the lodging. 
Standard accommodation in single room, at 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana – Final course cost: Euro 6000
Upgraded accommodation in single room with ensuite bathroom, at 3 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana: Final course cost: Euro 7600
Private apartment at maximum 15 minutes walking distance from La Meridiana. Final course cost: Euro 8000
Course without lodging Euro 4300

Payment and Refund Policy

A deposit is required at registration. After submitting the registration form, you may proceed with the payment on-line. If you choose to pay by bank transfer, the registration will be confirmed once the deposit has been accredited in our banking account. The balance must be paid at the beginning of the course.

You may withdraw within 14 days of registration without incurring in any penalties and will have the deposit fully refunded.  No refund of deposits past 14 days of registration, pursuant to articles 53 and following of the Italian consumer legislation, in accordance with the EU consumer protection legislation. In the event of disputes, the competent court is Florence. If the workshop cannot be hold because of an insufficient number of students, the deposit will be fully reimbursed.
Force Majeure
Students must know that cancellations may occur due to events beyond our control (e.g. pandemic, civil disorder, medical or family issues of the instructor). In such case, La Meridiana reserves the right to offer a voucher for a different workshop of your choice. The voucher is valid for one year. The deposit will be transferred to the workshop of choice.

Additional information

The workshop fee includes the following:
Tuition of 6 – 8 hours per day;
Studio open 11 hours per day;
All materials and firings;
Freshly prepared three course lunch with wine on all working days;
Welcome breakfast, Welcome and Final dinner;
Coffee break in the mornings and in the evenings.

At booking, you may choose your preferred room type but depending on the availability, certain types at times may not be offered.

Choose the accommodation you prefer: